The raw facts about the Vietnam War are hard enough to take: 58,000 Americans died protecting a country that ceased to exist soon after we left.
Historian Andrew Wiest took a more intimate approach in his research, talking to the women and girlfriends of a single Army unit that fought in Vietnam. The result is the book Charlie Company's Journey Home.
As you'd expect, those journeys range from bumpy to harrowing and beyond.
The author joins us with some of the stories he heard from his interviews.